noun, plural cham·ois, cham·oix [sham-eez; French sha-mwah] /ˈʃæm iz; French ʃaˈmwɑ/.
verb (used with object), cham·oised [sham-eed] /ˈʃæm id/, cham·ois·ing [sham-ee-ing] /ˈʃæm i ɪŋ/.
- chaminade, cécile louise stéphanie,
Origin of chamois
Examples from the Web for chamois
The Mail, helpfully, reports that Pippa has stocked up with special “chamois cream” for the purpose of protecting her butt.
In a corresponding cupboard, with the door wide open, there hung in loose folds a shirt (as I took it to be) of chamois leather.The Law and the Lady|Wilkie Collins
Some smokers think that covering a meerschaum bowl with chamois will cause it to color well.Tobacco Leaves|W. A. Brennan
The chamois has a very penetrating sight, and his hearing and smell are not less discriminating.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The peculiarity of Chamois Hyde was that he could not bear making other people—college dons, for instance—ridiculous.
This is how it is done: Thread a No. 11 needle with sewing silk the colour of the chamois.The Child's Rainy Day Book|Mary White
noun plural -ois
- a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
- (as modifier)a chamois stamp
Word Origin for chamois
1550s, "Alpine antelope;" 1570s, "soft leather," originally "skin of the chamois," from Middle French chamois "Alpine antelope" (14c.), from Late Latin camox (genitive camocis), perhaps from a pre-Latin Alpine language that also produced Italian camoscio, Spanish camuza, Old High German gamiza, German Gemse (though some of these might be from Latin camox). As a verb, "to polish with chamois," from 1934.